What is Reconciliation?



wake my name is Tiffany Boston i am from the spa confirmation I am a youth from canoe creek indian band i currently live in lames like and i want to know what reconciliation sees in 1920 the deputy superintendent of Indian Affairs made it mandatory for only enough children between ages 7 215 to attend one of Canada's residential schools Duncan Campbell Scott said I want to get rid of the Indian problem i do not think as a matter of fact the country ought to continuously protect a class of people who were able to stand alone our objective is to continue until there is not a single Indian in Canada I turned to grade seven it was time for me to go into Williamsburg residential school and and we're being good that we've been getting loaded into a vehicle mind you it's a truck like a cattle truck or something and then also excited to go to residential school in willemstad with my friends everywhere finish in route 71 and next thing I knew my parents came around with their wagon and this is like in September and my parents came around and it they told me that you have to come with us well I'm going to school in town so while you probably wouldn't learn more if you come with a seat and listen I knew I was with them and I didn't go to residential school and I am very grateful for my parents my parents Patrick's Illinois more mini silk took a step with me st. Joseph's mission is a Indian Residential school built near sugar cane First Nation deserve in 1894 me it's a long time coming especially for the first nations since 1981 it's been such a hard long road for a lot of first nations and the impact that it has to the next generation I have always wanted to know fully what happened inside residential schools most of my knowledge of residential schools has come from websites online sources people outside my family documentaries such as we were children I wish I could say textbooks but we are not really taught about this subject inside school most non aboriginals don't even know not even close to what kind of bad stuff went on during these times I feel it is just as important for non-aboriginal snow you know I always believed that forgiveness takes one it's a choice that you can make but reconciliation really is about more than one people on both sides coming together and acknowledging and listening and taking some responsibility and it helps in the healing process there needs to be a willingness on both sides to be able to come forward and I think that is what we have here today in our community and that's really really exciting to see that there's a willingness with First Nations and non First Nations to come together listen acknowledge takes you know and and start that healing process Arica Chile Asian I don't know what you mean by that I think what it means to where I understand is general like I'm thinking like you know forgiveness to this day our elders still suffer from what happened to them and it still affects the generations after them we are doing what we can to help our people heal by having conferences events ceremonies even making documentaries there's even a indian residential school survivors society and residential school isis phone lines that is what reconciliation means to me at that time one was the residence in school the nuns priests brothers tell us never to talk about I came from when we left sure when now a days they say it's better for you to talk about their life at the residence of screwed so I think that's the first step it's just listening understanding what's happened so we can acknowledge and honor I've learn from that and so then together we can chart our course of how we can be respectful not make similar mistakes and be able to move forward together if we're going to move forward is like you know like like what you guys are doing like you interviewing people and all that we talked about it and like it'll never go away and always be there right so so therefore you know it's good to it's good to talk about it our people want to kill we cannot forget is that there was a school you put it into the past it was one of the worst cannon and forget about residential schools its legacy still remains with the First Nations but I think it will never be forgotten let's change that legacy let's create something more for the next generation our generation told my generation I will tell the next generation and they will tell the generations after them we are the teacher the messengers for the future of another the use the bees air we are the teacher the messengers for the future of a mother to use the bees era Oh

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